My communication with the Financial Aid Office has been steady and accessible as I have always received helpful answers to every question and concern. Their support has made my college career affordable, enabling me to pursue my studies with motivation and endurance. I foresee that the aid received now will set me up to graduate and begin my career with a reliable financial foundation.
- Abigail M.
ASL-English Interpretation Major
RIT/NTID Application and FAFSA Preferred Filing Dates
Early Decision I
Financial aid award notification begins mid-December
Early Decision II
Financial aid award notification begins mid-January
January 15 [Fall]
November 1 [Spring]
Fall financial aid award notification begins mid-March. Spring notification is rolling.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in any undergraduate degree program pay less than one-half of RIT’s tuition. The reduced tuition rate also applies for students enrolled in the American Sign Language-English Interpretation program.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in graduate degree programs also pay a reduced tuition rate. This also applies to hearing students enrolled in the Master of Science program in Secondary Education of Students.
Awarded based on your financial need. This is determined by the results of your FAFSA. This is one reason we recommend all students apply for Federal Aid.
The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will determine your eligibility for RIT, federal, and other financial aid programs. This may include institutional grants, federal grants, federal loan programs, and federal student employment. For additional information on these programs, please view the Supporting Your Success document.
All RIT students are eligible to work as student employees. RIT Employment awards indicate the total amount of money you may earn per semester. Students can use the RIT Job Search to find on-campus jobs and apply.
Money awarded to you by the Federal government. May include Federal Grants, Federal Loans, and/or Federal Work Study.
Work Study is a form of Student Employment. Work Study is awarded based on your financial need, as determined by the FAFSA. Work Study awards indicate the total amount of money you may earn for personal expenses each semester. Students can use the RIT Job Search to find on-campus jobs and apply.
State Aid opportunities, their application processes, and deadlines will vary from state to state. There may be Scholarships and/or Grants available from the state you reside in.
NYS STEM Incentive Program
The New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program provides a tuition scholarship for eligible New York state high school graduates if they pursue a STEM degree in an associates or bachelor degree program and agree to work in a STEM field in New York State (NYS) for 5 years after graduation. RIT offers exciting programs in a wide variety of STEM-related fields. In conjunction with RIT’s excellent co-operative learning and internship programs, RIT is uniquely qualified to prepare students to enter a lucrative career in one of many STEM fields. Learn more about the NYS STEM Incentive Program
Contact the state education department where you reside for information about eligibility.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Assistance
VR is provided by state agencies to residents who meet specific requirements. If you appear to be a candidate for support we will estimate an amount of VR support in your award letter. There is no national standard for determining VR support. Each state agency has its own method for determining awards. If the actual amount of support you receive is different from the estimated amount on your financial aid award letter please provide us with confirmation from your VR counselor. You may provide the Confirmation of VR Support form to your VR counselor to return to us via our secure file uploader.
Outside Aid Sources
Depending on your financial need, you may want to explore Outside Aid Sources. You may be eligible for additional scholarships or loans from outside institutions and banks to assist you in affording your education.
If you have questions at any point in the process, we’re here to help.
For general questions about the financial aid process, we recommend our live chat.
For general questions about your specific situation, we recommend that you email email@example.com.
For detailed questions about your specific situation, we recommend that you call 585-475-2186.
Contacting our office by phone or email allows us to answer specific questions related to a student as long as we are able to affirm the student and the individual requesting information to protect privacy and confidentiality. Live chat is reserved only for general non-student specific information.
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Bausch and Lomb Center
56 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623-5604